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Portrait of Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), ca. 1800-1810 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. (22.2 x 18.4 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 36.243

Some participants were asked to respond to this painting. Here are their responses:

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • addiction
  • blue
  • boring
  • breezy
  • buddha
  • calm
  • chilling
  • chiuso
  • cigarette
  • clear
  • colors
  • comfort
  • communism
  • conventional
  • delicate
  • dopey
  • duplication
  • egypt
  • elegant
  • fan
  • feh
  • high
  • ho hum
  • hooka
  • hookah
  • hookah!!! 
  • huka
  • ignity
  • imperial 
  • interesting
  • king
  • lordy
  • lovely
  • luxury
  • male
  • man
  • masculine
  • master
  • misty
  • more white
  • mughal age
  • mughals and hookahs
  • mysterious
  • mystic
  • narguile
  • old
  • opium
  • out of proportion
  • pampered
  • pes
  • phallic
  • pipe
  • pot
  • power
  • privelege
  • proportion
  • raj
  • regal
  • seductive
  • serene
  • servant
  • service
  • shisha
  • simple
  • smoke
  • smoker
  • smokin
  • smokin'
  • smoking
  • smpking
  • stiff
  • stoic
  • stoned
  • strange scales
  • sultan
  • thinking
  • tradition
  • wall
  • wheeze
  • white
  • whitewash

Enter a word that describes the subject or mood of this painting:

  • addict
  • airy
  • anthropolocia
  • aristocracy
  • attentive
  • audience
  • austere
  • balance
  • big shot
  • bong
  • boring
  • business
  • calm
  • ceremonial
  • chil
  • chilled
  • content
  • decadence
  • desulatory
  • difference
  • drab
  • drug
  • entreat
  • everyday
  • flattery
  • floating
  • gay
  • george bush
  • happy
  • hierarchical
  • hierarchy
  • hieratic
  • high
  • historical
  • history
  • hooka
  • hookah
  • hookah!
  • imperial
  • indifference
  • indulgent
  • interesting
  • king
  • languid
  • lazy
  • luxury
  • male
  • masculine
  • master
  • men
  • nargeli
  • pale
  • pampered
  • passive
  • peace
  • phallic
  • pleasure
  • political
  • portrait
  • power
  • prestigious
  • privilaged
  • regal
  • relaxation
  • relaxed
  • relaxing
  • relaxing (for some)
  • restful
  • royal
  • royalty
  • ruler
  • sated
  • secure
  • serene
  • servitude
  • siesta
  • smoke
  • smoker
  • smoking
  • somber
  • soothing
  • submissive powerful
  • subservient
  • supplication
  • thoughtful
  • tradition
  • tranquil
  • triple identity
  • unfinished
  • updating
  • wacky
  • washed
  • white
  • work

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • biege
  • blue
  • blue light
  • blue tone and white
  • gray blue
  • grey
  • light blue
  • no color light blue
  • off white
  • pale blue
  • pink
  • pomegranate
  • red
  • sky blue
  • tinted chalk white
  • white
  • white beige

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • decorative life style
  • three
  • 3
  • 123

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Wealthy man smoking of of a hookah.
  • Opium den.
  • A soldier reports to a sultan about events on the battlefield.
  • Smoking
  • Hookah. great colors and bold design
  • Smoking the hookah
  • A man in a turban smoking a hookah.
  • A man of great comforts smokes a hookah while being fanned by a servant, while a third man supplicates.
  • Royalty or wealthy man smoking.
  • A king is smoking his hookah while servants attend
  • Military at peace
  • A wealthy man of power is getting stoned.
  • A large man smoking a hookah receives a visitor from afar, while his falconer friend stands by.
  • Waterpipe
  • The scale of the noble with his hookah trumps that of his servant and his visitor.
  • A dude toking on his hookah while his servants fan him and tend to his needs.
  • Dude is smoking hookah while his servants faun over him.
  • This is a scene of a deity or ruler being served by two men while smoking.
  • Beautiful pastel blue and white background with a prince smoking while two other figures are at his command.
  • Royal/wealthy person, enlarged to show his importance, is smoking hookah relaxedly as a messenger brings him news.
  • A man smokes a hookah while attendants wait on him.
  • Royalty with hookah, greeting traveler.
  • A wealthy man smokes a hookah with his servants.
  • Nobleman puffing on a hookah while being fanned by one servant and given information by another
  • A great leader is waited on by his servants as he enjoys a hookah.
  • Smoking lord
  • Mughal emperor enjoying the hookah
  • Narguile time for important dude and his man-bitches!
  • Master and servant
  • The ruler is getting stoned.
  • Oddly condescending to all three figures.
  • Ruler smoking a hookah.
  • An important man smoking the houka.
  • His daily opium fix
  • A prince enjoying a pipe while being fanned and addressed
  • The maharadja is smoking his waterpipe and being assisted by his servants
  • Smoking a hooka
  • This is a scene of a wealthy Indian ruler being served by servants, done in chiefly pastel colors with highlights of red.
  • A wealthy man rests and smokes while discussing business with a less powerful person.
  • A depiction of a royal's leisurely activity.
  • A man of superior station wearing a red hat and white robes sits on a mushroom shaped seat smoking out of some kind of hukka water pipe while being attended to by two servants also dressed in white.
  • Man smokes a hookah, attended by servants.
  • Opium
  • Every day
  • An aristocrat lounges attended by servants.
  • I like to sit on my mushroom chair and footstool while doing bong hits.
  • The Prince gives court.
  • Daily scene of life of a royal person.
  • Aristocrat with hookar and servants
  • The nawab receiving counsel
  • A nobleman being petitioned by a subject
  • Current Raj smoking his hooka.
  • Servants attend to their boss who enjoys a smoke.
  • Man with servants.
  • A man smokes a water pipe while he is fanned.
  • Prince smoking a hooka
  • Man smoking hookah with peasants waiting on him
  • Seated man in profile smokes hookah while another man, in profile, stands atop a low wall and fans him from behind as another man, in profile approaches seated figure's front.
  • I'm smoking a hookah and I can order these smaller men to do anything I want them to.
  • A king, with attendant, listens to a supplicant.
  • A maharaja smoking a pipe while his servants tend to his needs
  • Smoking with the waterpipe
  • Wealthy man speaking to someone below him while servant fans and waits with towel.
  • Visitor to the king and slave
  • A man smoking a hookah while a subordinate asks for advice
  • A noble man smokes a hookah, while a servant fans him and another man delivers a message.
  • Indian Charlie Sheen.
  • Hooka
  • An important man smoking a hookah.
  • I love the ancient Egyptian influence in the posture of the subjects.
  • Do I desire being the center?
  • Major middle figure obviously an icon of some sort adored by male figure in background and interacting with male figure in foreground facing front, perhaps a supplication of some sort
  • A man sits on a red stool and plays an instrument of some sort while his friends talk in the background.
  • A kind is attended to by various members of the court.
  • A Prince, the larger figure, is smoking a water pipe with 2 attendants.
  • An important man smokes a hookah while being served by two attendants.
  • A king or aristocrat is approached by a man of his court who is presenting news.
  • Man smoking a pipe
  • The gentleman is smoking a water pipe.
  • The one with power emits a clean, crisp energy
  • All the trappings of royalty
  • Rest and relaxation.
  • Important dude smoking a hookah
  • A prince smoking a hookah discusses matters with his servant.
  • A man of importance being waited on
  • A man getting his smoke on with a dwarf or bearded child.
  • King relaxing in personal "meditation".
  • Wealthy man smoking samovar - and listening to ...
  • Clearly, this guy is in charge
  • A wealthy man smokes a hookah.
  • The good life
  • It gets lonely sometimes.
  • Flat Smoker
  • A king smokes on his hooka while being briefed by a messenger.
  • Important man with hookuh.
  • Opium "Dens
  • A male figure (large, relative to the others) takes in smoke from a hookah while being fanned by an attendant or servant.
  • Serious matters are under consideration the larger man is obviously important in the decision making.
  • A rich drug smoking man being attended by servants
  • A Big Man smoking a hookah and being looked after by two smaller men whith beards.
  • Smoking shisa
  • Seams like a winter scene.
  • Someone powerful somking a shisha with servents around him
  • The king smoking sheshia
  • His majesty resting, smoking shisha (hookah)
  • The general rests
  • A man, possibly an emperor, smokes hookah while servants fan him.
  • The very definition of relaxation (but hookahs are to share).
  • MAN SMOKING A HOOKA AND TWO SERVANTS
  • A noble smoking a hookah while his servants look on.
  • A rich powerful man in a fancy hat is attended by a servant and a visitor.
  • Man with pipe and servants
  • Man smoking a bong with servant fanning him, another man visiting with hand extended.
  • Religious painting
  • Male dominance.
  • A counselor has a little discussion with his king/prince, who is listening intently.
  • King smoking a hookah while a servant fans him and an envoy delivers news.
  • Someone important e.g. a king is listening to a message from someone ... less important, while enjoying a spot of hookah
  • A king (?) smoking hookah
  • A man is depicted in three different ways, each showing one of his hobbies.
  • Huka!
  • Part of a morality series where the mighty man doesn't have time for strangers
  • Man smokes and is assisted by others.
  • Petitioners at the court.
  • A noble man smokes a chukka while his attendants assist him.
  • A guy hangs out with his friends and kicks back with a hookah.
  • A king with attendants and luxuries
  • A prince sits on a pedestal, smoking a hookah, while one servant fans him with a large feather and another man asks him a question.
  • 3 men in a pale room, one smoking a hookah pipe and being fanned by the second man while the third talks to the central character
  • Love the pipe.
  • A water pipe gives relaxation.
  • Class distinction
  • Important Man smoking hookah with attendants.

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